Success for the first Craft & Food Festival

The first annual Sherburn in Elmet Craft & Food Festival happened over the August Bank Holiday weekend, where thousands turned out to support the highly anticipated community event. There was glorious weather all weekend as over 100 stalls, children’s entertainment, live music, celebrity chefs and vintage cars came to Sherburn for the 3-day festival.

The event was inspired by the highly successful Cawood Craft Fair, which sadly ended its 30-year history last year. A committee of local residents and businesses joined together to produce a similar festival in the village of Sherburn in Elmet while keeping with the craft theme; they also added the food aspect!

With three large marquees filled with food and craft stalls and hot food outlets spread across the field, there was a wonderful variety which hoped to please people of all ages. In the Eversley Park Centre, there were celebrity cookery demonstrations with famous faces such as Rosemary Shrager, Howard Middleton and MasterChef finalists wowing audiences with their culinary skills.

Children could also create their own healthy pizzas and decorate tasty carrot cakes. As well as this there was a huge variety of children’s entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the weekend, including a miniature railway, a mobile farm, a vintage funfair, inflatables, face painting, spin art, fairground games, birds of prey, circus workshops and much more!

In addition to the excellent entertainment and singers organised by local entertainment company Open Talent, there was also a bar area with cider, lager and cocktails for the adults to enjoy.

Vintage cars and bikes were also on display outside the Elmete Social Club throughout the weekend. Both churches in the village also got involved in the festival fun,  with All Saints Church having a heritage trail/exhibition and the Methodist displaying competition entries.

The hard working committee has worked tirelessly to make the festival an unforgettable event and they hope all visitors who attended enjoyed their weekend.  To help improve the festival for future years, the committee is encouraging feedback for those who attended as a visitor, a stall holder or a volunteer which you can find here.